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4/18/17 Friend Forever

       “How do you feel when people you love violate every trust you’ve given them, break every promise they’ve made to you; and choose to be friends with those who desire to harm you? What if they never defend you, even if they call you their friend? What would you do to those people?

        "Well, I choose to love you, forgive you; and continue to invest all that I am in you. I will never give up on you! I have purchased you with a great price and I call you My friend forever."

Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

8) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

9) “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Romans 2:4 NIV  

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?

 

It is so very easy to observe the behavior of others and miss our own foolishness. In the beginning of this Father’s Heart, most of us would have empathy with the Lord as He asks us the questions above. When we discover that we are doing the very same offenses against Him that we surely wouldn’t want done against us, it becomes a much different story.

To top it off, we also find that while we were offending Him, He was pouring grace and mercy our way. That should bring all but the hardest heart to a life change of repentance. It should make even the coldest attitude do an about face. Did it make you choose to change any of your ways?

Break my heart, Lord,

Jim Corbett